our story

meet joella hogan

owner, the yukon soaps co.

Loving life in the heart of the Yukon  

I come from a long line of strong, vibrant, indigenous women. My matriarchs are teachers, healers, bush women, social advocates, and cultural leaders. They’ve taught me how to make things happen. Through my line of hand-crafted soaps, I work to embody elements of each of the special talents shared by my family and community.

When I moved to Mayo, to live on my traditional territory I envisioned reconnecting with my community, elders, land, and language.

Happily, I’ve been able to do all of that through the Yukon Soaps Company, by using local plants in my formulations, employing local youth, using Na-cho Nyak Dun beadwork and plant knowledge, and by sprinkling in Northern Tutchone language wherever I can. 

It was when I came home to find local children had left baskets full of wild rose petals for my soaps that I knew I had made the right choice.

I am also a professional heritage worker, who continues to bring Northern Tutchone culture and heritage to the forefront of life in the central Yukon. As an active advocate for my First Nation and a dedicated community builder, I stay busy with the Stewart Valley Farmers market, yoga, advocacy work, and kick sledding around beautiful Mayo, Yukon. I am an Indigenous, Northern, community advocate, having worked on oral history, academic, and projects, all with the over-arching goal of empowering northern peoples and engaging with our lands.

meet the team:

Local Community

HARVESTERS & HELPERS

Local community members help gather plants and assist in the workshop!

Northern Tutchone

Kwasen Reid

WORKSHOP ASSISTANT EXTRAORDINAIRE

Extremely funny! 

Qualicum and Gitxsan First Nations

Carmen Melancon

QUEEN OF THE SOAP STUDIO

Strong and amazing!

Northern Tutchone

Terra Blanchard

SOAP STUDIO ASSISTANT

Loving mama to three!

Northern Tutchone

Ashley Washburn

PACKAGING AND ARTIST

Creative and talented!

Natasha Young

IT ASSISTANT

Helpful and smart!

Northern Tutchone

Elder Circle:

Walter Peter

KNOWLEDGE KEEPER

Shares wisdom and Northern Tutchone language.

Northern Tutchone

Dorothy Profeit

KNOWLEDGE KEEPER

Shares wisdom and Northern Tutchone stories.

Northern Tutchone

Donna Hogan

TRADITIONAL HARVESTER

Gathers plants following cultural protocol.

Northern Tutchone